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Hippolyte Taine

Hippolyte Adolphe Taine was a French critic and historian. He was the chief theoretical influence of French naturalism, a major proponent of sociological positivism and one of the first practitioners of historicist criticism. Literary historicism as a critical movement has been said to originate with him. Taine is also remembered for his attempts to provide a scientific account of literature... Read More

BornHippolyte Adolphe Taine
April 21, 1828
Vouziers, France
DiedMarch 5, 1893 (aged 64)
Paris, France
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